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Sheffield & Hallamshire Motor Club Volume 60 - Issue 10 - October 2009

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Sheffield & Hallamshire Motor Club - Officials President

Steve Flanaghan

President Elect

Anthony Jones

Honourary Treasurer

Bob Asquith

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Honourary Secretary

Brian Woffenden shmc.secretary@sh-mc.co.uk

Chairman

Mike Jones

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Vice Chairman

chairman@sh-mc.co.uk

Secretary

Mary Jones

car-captain@sh-mc.co.uk

Car Committee

Steve Flanaghan Pete Howgate Paul Screaton Alex Kirk-Willey Roger Willey Paul Edwards

Membership Secretary & Advertising

Steve Flanaghan

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Treasurer

Craig Hardman 07884 165114 treasurer@sh-mc.co.uk

Gazette Editor

Matthew Screaton 07894 863179 shmc@msmdesigns.co.uk

Car Captain

Roger Willey car-captain@sh-mc.co.uk

Roger Willey

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Association Representatives: ANCC

Roger Willey / Pete Howgate

EMAMC

Alex Kirk-Willey/Steve Flanaghan

ANWCC

Mary Jones

Yorkshire League Pete Howgate ANEMMC

Mary Jones

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Editorial “The penalty that we've imposed is the harshest one we can...” said outgoing FIA president Max Mosley. Perhaps, but the fact that it has been suspended for two years does rather dilute its potency. I don’t disagree that some leniency should be should to the team, it was an isolated outbreak of deviousness and not representative of the entire Renault F1 squad, but how McLaren’s £49.2m fine and exclusion from the championship compares is a little beyond me. Especially as the FIA have branded the Renault scandal as “of unparalleled severity”. And if you don’t know what I’m on about - where have you been?! Closer to home, we successfully ran the Midland Sprint at Mallory Park once again. The rain stayed away and set the scene for the outright track record to be broken by event winner Nick Algar. Results from the event can be found on Page 19, but I don’t have a report as no-one has written one. There is however, a gallery of the event on the club’s new website. The site went live a few weeks ago and has so far been positively received. If there is anything you’d like to see there then let me know, and remember - the news section will only be updated if you lot let me know what’s going on. As the new site will be updated more frequently than before any last minute news, updates, or changes to event details will be posted on the site before you hear about them anywhere else - so keep checking www.sheffieldandhallamshiremc.co.uk regularly. Thanks to Bill King for an interesting article retelling his exploits on the Manx Mountain Bike Club End to End Challenge, and to my Dad for his perceptions of safety at motorsport events that you may not have come across. I will point out that these two are the only external contributions I’ve received this month, and it is extremely disheartening to come to put the magazine together to find that there is nothing to put in it. Some of you have been great this year, but I can’t help but feel that there are people out there with stories to tell - I want to hear about them, so the rest of our members can read about them. Don’t forget the Jackson Trophy Rally on the 10th and 11th, Craig and Alex will be overjoyed to hear from you.

Matthew Screaton Editor shmc@msmdesigns.co.uk

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Secretarial Snippets A quiet month with no club events. Various people have been out competing though. We went to Scotland for our holiday this year and couldn’t have chosen a worse two weeks. We were away for 12 days and the sun shone and it didn’t rain for the two Tuesdays! Whilst we were in Scotland we went to visit Barry and Ann Heath. Barry is in excellent health and looks really well. They asked to be remembered to those in the club that know them.

Past Events September 6th - Midland Sprint, Mallory Park. With 21 entries the final round of this year’s British Sprint Championship was again a success at Mallory Park.

Future Events October 10th-11th

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Jackson Trophy Rally. The Jackson Trophy Rally returns to the club calendar in October, and Craig and Alex will require plenty of marshals to ensure the smooth running of the event. Please lend a hand to support all the hard work the two of them have put into organising the event. Plenty of help will be needed on the night. If you want any details or information phone Craig on 07884 165114 or Alex on 07971 453152. Further information can be found on Page 7. Farmers Supper. If you haven’t been before this is a supper the bike section organise for the farmers whose fields they use during the year. It is a carvery held at the Millstone at Hathersage and tickets are £15. If you would like to go contact Mary on 0114 2471963.

Mary Jones Club Secretary secretary@sh-mc.co.uk

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SHMC Club Clothing The new range of Sheffield & Hallamshire Motor Club clothing is now on sale. The clothing has been well received and there have been an encouraging number of sales and compliments since it arrived on the Centenary Stages. The range includes: Men’s Shirts Men’s Polos Men’s Fleeces Ladies’ Fitted Shirts Ladies’ Fitted Polos Ladies’ Fleeces Sweatshirts Caps

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Jackson Trophy Rally 10th-11th October 2009 On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October Sheffield & Hallamshire Motor Club will be staging the 2009 running of the Brimington MOT Centre Jackson Trophy Rally. As the event draws closer most of the event organization has fallen into place, but we still require marshals to assist in the smooth running of the rally. The route is very marshal-friendly, and we will be supplying a hearty goodie bag to those of you who turn out to help. Even if you can only manage one control your help will be much appreciated, and don’t forget that if you come and marshal you will score points to earn money of your ticket for the Awards Dinner in February. The event starts from Lafarge Aggregates Social Club, Hope. (110/) 169823. For more information contact Craig Hardman or Alex Kirk-Willey.

Craig Hardman & Alex Kirk-Willey Jackson Trophy Rally Organisers

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New Club Website On Friday 18th September 2009 the new Sheffield & Hallamshire Motor Club website went live. We aim to bring you more updates, more news and more photos than ever before, making the site a must visit for members of the club. Designed and maintained by MSM Designs, the new site has a more modern and polished feel to it, whilst keeping navigation simple and making information easily accessible. The website also implements one of the final stages of the club’s new branding and identity, bringing it in line with the gazette and event regulations which were successfully overhauled earlier in the year. For website enquiries and contributions please contact shmc@msmdesigns.co.uk

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Baldy Bill’s Manx Musings

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o there I was sat on my bike at the Point of Ayre in the middle of 960 other bikes waiting for the start. Five, four, three, two, one and they were off. The bikes at the front that was. I was in the middle of the pack and it was a couple of minutes more before we started moving. The start was along a single carriageway and as everybody struggled to get into their rhythm there was a lot of gentle nudging this way and that. The pack gradually got up to speed but I was not sure how to pace myself. If in doubt follow the guy in front but is he going too fast or too slow? I couldn’t tell but the pace seemed steady and off we went on the first ‘flat’ tarmac section of the Manx Mountain Bike Club End to End Challenge. An event advertised as a challenging 70km (44 ml) ride. The first section was considered a warm-up. Ten miles of undulating tarmac along the North West coastline giving the pack a chance to sort itself out before reaching the ‘meat’ of the event. It was a lovely sunny windless day and it wasn’t long before I was starting to sweat. Still, it was going smoothly and I was keeping with the pack. Then I changed gear and the chain jammed. Oh dear! (Well, words to that effect). Fortunately a bit of cursing and fiddling and it was back on and I rejoined the pack that was still streaming past. After about ten miles we reached Ballaugh and then the climbing started. Initially it was tarmac and I passed a few that had already started to push. Then the tarmac turned to rough track and I joined the queue of bikes being pushed up the hill and way over the horizon - A huge snake of bikes. Odd guys tried to cycle past but eventually were unable to pass and had to walk. Eventually we were onto the moors and there was a choice of ruts to cycle along. My

front wheel picked one rut and the rear another. Fortunately the guy on my left broke my fall and the ground broke his. Sorry! Anyway, we progressed over the moors with some walking and a fair bit of riding. At one point I heard a rider call out that he was about to pass me and then there was an expletive followed by a few more. I looked round and there was a pile of bikes and riders disentangling themselves. I guess the ruts caught others too. The final section of this first part was downhill on a rocky path with nasty bumps, dips and big boulders. I had the brakes on trying to avoid a big whoopsie and all I could hear was people shouting for me to keep left or right as they thundered past. I guess I need more practice, and a lobotomy. I reached the first checkpoint, said hello to my service crew, grabbed a drink and carried on. The second section started on a smooth level gravel road and headed along the side of a hill before starting to drop down in to a valley. As your speed increased the surface deteriorated up to the point of one of the organisers warning signs. Three downward pointing arrows, ‘you may want to dismount and walk!’ They weren’t joking but stopping was hard. I had disc brakes but not enough bottle to grab a handful of front brake. The back was already locked up! This was to become a regular occurrence but fortunately my lack of speed resulted in me managing to stay on. Having gone down of course we now had to go back up - more walking. Another run across the moors before a drop down to St. Johns through a plantation where they normally have the downhill mountain bike racing. I guess they thought we would enjoy the thrill. The section was through the trees on decaying leaves and mud with the odd tree root thrown in. This

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time there was no one alongside me to break my fall but at least the landing was soft. I reached St. Johns checkpoint where I grabbed another drink and a sandwich from my support crew. I was now over half way. I had been going nearly three hours. As one cheerful soul commented, ’The winner will already be celebrating at the finish’. I was sweating so much the sweat was running in my eyes making them sting and blurry. There is a lesson here, wear a sweat band. I poured a whole bottle of drinking water over my head and face to wash the salt away. The third section started with another push up a steep river bed on slippy stones before more stony tracks and hair raising descents. I had done some training but most of it had been to build my stamina and help my hill climbing. I had not bothered practising going downhill on

rough tracks and I found that my arms and neck were hurting from the descents where I was bracing myself against going over the bars. I’m just glad I bought a new bike with front suspension and disc brakes. We eventually dropped into a picturesque wooded valley with a stream burbling alongside the track. I cycled up to a parking area where a number of competitors were hanging around, having a drink and generally relaxing. Or so it appeared until I saw where the route went. Up a staircase cut into the side of a hill! They weren’t enjoying the view, they were gobsmacked and so was I. A few people even asked if we knew what they were doing. You must be joking. I ate a banana, drank some juice and started off. It was a weary trudge carrying the bike up the steps and then pushing it for what seemed ages. Eventually we were back on to tracks we could ride, well

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Baldy Bill’s Manx Musings sort of, although I did manage to dive in to a ditch having just passed a guy who had dived off the other way. The huge pack I had been part of at the start had thinned out and it was now a thin line of us struggling across the moors. The tracks seemed even harder and less forgiving and my speed was slow. It was like being the last car in a rally through the Dukeries. Everywhere was deep ruts and boulders. The bike went where it wanted and my neck was aching so much I was trying not to look too far ahead. Not always a good idea. I must admit that at this point I did question my sanity, but as he had left in a huff all I could do was talk to myself. I reached the third and last check point near the top of Barrule. I thought the next section was a short blast downhill on the road but no. There was a footpath that ran parallel to the road. The path was narrow with more ruts and numerous warning signs before ‘steps’ and boulders and even a raised boardwalk with no sides. The muddy bits were not considered a danger but one of them caught me and off I went again for a very soft landing. The finish seemed miles away. Eventually we came to the top of the final down hill before the finish and were rewarded with a blast downhill through grassy fields and the odd farmyard with some tricky gateways. We arrived at the road. All we had now was a short run on the flat tarmac before the final climb up The Howe towards Cregneash and the finish. I felt chuffed I was able to do the last climb without having to push. I reached the finish. It had taken me 5 hours and 53 minutes. I was knackered. The winner did it in 2 hours and 47 minutes! Talk about having a rocket up his jacksie. He must have been flying on the downhill sections. The only good thing was that I was not last. I was

position 700 out of 960 starters and, 830 finishers. I was 67th out of 100 in my class the ‘grand veterans!’ The winner of my class did it in 3 hours 13 minutes so I guess I can’t use my age as an excuse. So, in hindsight what did I learn. Well, I am not as fit as I thought and I certainly can’t handle a pushbike on a downhill section. Will I ever learn? I doubt it! The good thing is, I can only get better! If you ever fancy it the organising club is the Manx Mountain Bike Club. They have a website and it is linked to the E2E challenge site. A couple of weeks ago the family came over to see me in Cumbria. The weather was foul so we thought we would go and have a look at West Coast Karting up at Maryport. The idea was to let the two girls have a go but when we got there a couple of the other parents were going out at the same time as their children. I thought I would go out and just potter round to see the girls were okay. Well, it was a good idea to start with but then I started getting bored so I thought I would have a play. I passed one of the other dads and that was it. Yee haa, full on racing with the children acting as mobile chicanes. I had loads of fun and so did the other parents. I think the children did too. No idea who won but then we were only supposed to be pottering around. I guess I’ll never grow up. I do think that my sanity was considering leaving me even then! Bill. (No bow legs but a stiff neck and a smug self satisfied grin.)

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Bill King Lifetime Member Isle of Man


August Bank Holiday Action August Bank Holiday Sunday Night The Black Hills - Hundall, Unstone, Derbyshire Land Rover Event – Competitive Safari Weather: - Wet Ground: - Muddy Landscape: - Very variable So - wet, muddy, with steep hills, holes and water…

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omething very different - a cross between just about everything: sporting trials, production trials, rally cross and rallying. Oh, and by the way, if I haven’t already given it away - IT WAS DARK!

Land Rovers of all sorts of pedigree following arrows up, down, and round the course. Nice flat open start through a field then a sudden drop down through the trees winding up and down round the course. They don’t hang about either. These cars are quite open some drivers and navigators wearing goggles as well as the mud splashes everywhere. You can hear the navigators shouting instructions to the drivers, as well as the nice exhaust notes from the V8s. There were in fact several events taking place over three days, and what we were watching was just one of them. It started at 19:30 and continued until 23:59 and you could have as many runs as you could fit in, and all for the entry fee of £20. Each event over the weekend has its own entry fee, which obviously builds up to cover the cost of venue and MSA permit. There were Land Rovers at points round the track equipped to recover stuck, broken down or damaged vehicles, and the CAM RESCUE unit (Land Rover) was in attendance. I didn’t see any other marshals! We could wander around the course, often not quite sure if we were on the current route or one from a previous event, sliding around in the mud and hoping we did not have to make a quick dash to safety. But it was good to watch. Bank Holiday Monday Hednesford Hills Raceway, Cannock, Staffordshire

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e were at Hednesford to watch the European Late Model Series cars. There were other events on the menu as well, National Hot rods, Legends, Bangers, and three wheeler racing (or falling over).

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August Bank Holiday Action the straights, towards the infield was a double ended ramp - not on the normal racing line but to my mind too close for comfort if the cars were out of control. As this is quite a small oval track the racing was close, with quite a few incidents where the racing was suspended under the yellow flag. Two big tractors with tyres on the front were utilised to good effect to push involved cars clear of the track, and to point cars in the right direction or. During one of the Hot Rod races a coming together resulted in one of the cars ending up on the ramp, or to be more correct half on the ramp. The front of the car was on the top of the ramp but the rear of the car was hanging off the side. Another incident in one of the legends races ended up with one of the cars with two wheels up the top of the ramp and two wheels on the race track - the car at 45 degrees. I admit that this being a small circuit the overall speeds are not that high, but how fast do you have to go to launch yourself in to a big accident? The Three Wheeler racing ended up as destruction racing, with the cars ending up mostly being swept up after the event. There did not seem to be any proper Rescue Units at this event, with St Johns Ambulance the only medical assistance in attendance. I don’t know if they have the same training with race / rally accidents and the information that MSA rescue units have. I should point out perhaps that events run on the short ovals do not come under MSA jurisdiction, instead having ORC (Oval Racing Council) governance, and whether or not what I saw at Hednesford is representative of events elsewhere I don’t know. So, is there point of this article? Well, we did go out and see some good motorsport (and also some vehicle destruction that I don’t think has anything to do with sport). If these events are representative then I think that our club and most MSA clubs can be proud of the standard of accident cover and care for the competitors that we provide, in the way of radios, rescue, recovery and marshals on our events, Yes there is a cost - these units are expensive to operate, but the standards we use provide competitors with much safer events.

Paul Screaton Car Committee

Competitor’s Diary The Competitor’s Diary is on sabbatical this month as nobody has told me they are competing on any events this month. Please email any submissions for the Competitor’s Diary to shmc@msmdesigns.co.uk

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European Late Model Series Rounds 8, 9, 10 and 11 - Foxhall Stadium - Ipswich, GB / Warneton Speedway, Belgium / Hednesford Hills Raceway, GB / Warneton Speedway, Belgium Round 8 - Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich, Great Britain

Round 9 - Warneton International Speedway, Belgium

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ne week after the European Late Model Series’ debut at Ipswich, the thundering V8s returned to their spiritual home at Warneton. In the baking heat of the Belgium summer the Late Models put on an awesome show.

oots V8 Racing dominated under the lights at Ipswich, taking victory in both heats and the final at the Suffolk track.. Gary Ellis in the #95 Chevrolet took the first heat from the #34 car of rookie driver Winston Graham, who has overcome some bad luck at recent meetings. Championship leader Jean Vasseur claimed the final podium position. Race two went to Kelvin Hassell taking over the #77 Pontiac in place of absent team principal Tony Roots. Hassell managed to pass Raptor Racing’s Jos Jansen to take the victory. Shane Brereton finished third, an excellent result in his debut European Late Model Series meeting in the #48 Tor Trucks Pontiac. The final race of the evening was stopped after Vasseur got his Profil+ Ford sideways out of Turn 4 and was collected by the ever unfortunate Winston Graham in the biggest accident of the evening. By the time the cars were cleared it would be a five-lap shootout for the victory. Brereton led them away with Ellis on the outside. Ellis passed Brereton to take his second win of the day with the former #48 ASCAR holding off Kurt Dujardyn in the #2 Raptor Racing Dodge Charger. The next round of the European Late Model Series takes place on Sunday 23rd August at Warneton International Speedway, Belgium.

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Race One went to Daniel Boys in the #5 Roots V8 Racing Chevrolet. He managed to hold off Bruce Andrews in the #17 Chevrolet for the entire race and a late charge by Kelvin Hassell in the #13 Ready2Race Pontiac Grand Prix who took second from Andrews on the last lap. Race Two looked like it would belong to Xavier Vandermeersch until Raptor Racing’s Jos Jansen muscled Xavier out of the way for the win. Gary Ellis came through for second while Vandermeersch was collecting the #19 Dodge. Hassell was next in line but was unable to capitalise before the finish line. The final was dominated by Christof Vanderckhove who took over the #4 Roots V8 Racing rental car and held off Gary Ellis in a gripping final that saw the two drivers battle side by side lap after lap. Dan Boys spun to bring out the yellows and close the field up. Vandermeersch was rewarded for his flamboyant driving style by gaining third place but was unable to make a move on the battling Roots Racing cars in front of him.

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European Late Model Series Round 10 - Hednesford Raceway, Great Britain

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typically overcast August Bank Holiday Monday greeted the European Late Model Series as at took on its third and final English round of 2009 at Hednesford Hills Raceway. Championship leader Gary Ellis’ #95 Roots V8 Racing Chevrolet was badly damaged in practice after a coming together with the #99 Revolution Racing Pontiac Grand Prix of Daniel Boys, and worked hard to get it back on the track. The first race was aborted after 3 cars spun on detergent left on the track to cover an oil spill in the supporting Legends race. With the track not suitable for racing the cars pulled off and began repairs in time for the second race. Lee Maddox and Paul Bowman led the field away in the second race, running side by side for the opening portion of the race in Revolution Racing’s two Chevrolet Monte Carlos. Leader Maddox then came under pressure from Keith Whalley in his Pontiac Grand Prix, before the #88 ran into Maddox coming into Turn 1, spinning the #98 machine and bringing out the yellow flags. Kelvin Hassell in the #13 Ready2Race Pontiac lost out to Dutchman Wim Moonen’s Chevrolet at the restart, but took the position back after a couple of laps and then proceeded to dispatch the lead group of cars one by one, finally passing Shane Brereton in the #48 Tor Trucks Pontiac to take the lead. Hassell held it to the end to take the win from Brereton and Moonen’s #73. The final saw Xavier Vandermeersch in the

#19 Dodge take the win, aiding his title challenge in the process. Vandermeersch took a brilliant charge through the field followed by eventual second place driver, Chris Roots standing in for father Tony in the #77 car. Jean Vasseur crept in to third after Gary Ellis received a black cross for a driving infringement. The last race of the day for the European Late Model Series was a second attempt at the aborted first race.. Hassell again carved his way through the field but this time Vasseur had already opened up a half-lap lead on the rest of the field. In the last five laps Hassell cut the lead down to nothing couldn’t pose a serious challenge to pass the Frenchman in the remaining laps. Hassell had to settle for second with Shane Brereton third. Next up the series returns to Belgium to conclude its run of four consecutive weekends of racing with the Budweiser 200 at Warneton International Speedway.

Round 11 - Warneton International Speedway, Belgium The Budweiser 200

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fter three weekends of racing of racing on the trot, the teams of the European Late Model Series returned to Warneton for the last of this season’s ’big’ races. The Budweiser 200 sees the drivers racing not for 200 laps, 200 kilometres or 200 miles, but instead for the prize of 200 bottles of beer. Frenchman Jean Vasseur stated his claim to the prize early in proceedings, with a win in

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Race 1. The leading ASCARs of Tony Hurdle and Paul Bowman pulled out at the start of the race before Hurdle’s #98 machine began to pull out a gap. The lead was short-lived though, with Tony battling a loose car as a results of repairs to the axle of the Chevrolet on Saturday. A spin for the #98 shortly after he had lost the lead brought out the yellow flags, and Kelvin Hassell was brought into the pits with a suspected fuel leak. He wasn’t happy, as race officials found there to be no problems with the #13 Ready2Race Pontiac Grand Prix. Vasseur was coming through the field with a big train of cars behind him, including Gary Ellis, Xavier Vandermeersch and Kurt Dujardyn all battling for position. Dujardyn’s Raptor Racing teammate Anton Gonnissen lead the field before Vasseur came though to take the chequered flag. Race 2 saw Tony Hurdle take a fairly dominant victory in from the front of the field, with Ellis in the #95 unable to mount a charge in the closing stages. From the green flag, Hurdle pulled away and never looked like being headed. Teammate Bowman showed

improved pace but still fell through the order, his confidence not being helped by Eric Schmidt in the #5 car, who made heavy contact with the #39 Ambulance Service Benevolent Fund car in Turn 3. Race 1 winner Vasseur had a bad start to his race, being caught behind a slow #2 car, but battled back to 4th at the finish. Vandermeersch’s #19 Dodge Intrepid was slightly off the pace and could only mange a distant 9th place, as Gary Ellis came through to finish second to Hurdle. The other two rental cars of Glenn Burtonshaw and Daniel Boys had differing fortunes - the former showing promise in his first weekend of competition, taking a third place in Race 2, whilst Boys struggled for confidence after a difficult weekend in Revolution’s #99 car at Hednesford the week before. It was Revolution Racing and Tony Hurdle who celebrated only the second win for a former ASCAR in the championship this year - a massive reward for the hard work and commitment the team and it’s crew have shown the series.

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Race 3 was most notable for a big crash between Kelvin Hassell and Daniel Boys, and a controversial overtaking move which saw Wim Moonen take the win. With Hassell broadside across the track, Boys had nowhere to go and collected the front end of the #13 car, flicking Boys’ #3 into the air before riding over the bonnet of Hassell’s car and coming back down to earth. Both were uninjured, but Boys was clearly shaken after the incident. At the restart Glenn Burtonshaw in the #4 took the advantage from the Chevrolet Impala of Eric Schmidt, and further back Bertrand Zore spun coming out of Turn 4 in the #71. Up front Duthcman Wim Moonen and Belgian Kurt Dujardyn had established themselves as the pacesetters, but an aggressive move from Moonen saw contact between the two which forced Dujardyn down the field and enabled the #73 to take the victory.

Jean Vasseur was taken out of contention after being involved in a incident triggered by the #22 of Gonnissen and Hurdle’s #98. The pair came together in Turn 4, with the #22 car sliding up the racetrack and then into the path of Vasseur’s #07 Ford Taurus. Dujardyn was struggling for pace following his earlier clash with Moonen, who’s car was looking increasingly second-hand. Ellis’ main opponent was season-long sparring partner Xavier Vandermeersch, but the Belgian had no answer for the #95 machine after the final restart. He had to settle for second with Vincent Lehouck coming home an impressive third in the #66 Ford Fusion. Battle recommences at Warneton International Speedway on 27th September after a two week break for the European Late Model Series with the title fight very tight between Ellis, Vandermeersch and Vasseur, the top three will be fighting to be at the head of the standings going into October’s final round.

Gary Ellis emerged as the winner of the final race of the day, earning himself 200 bottles of beer in the process. It was a fairly quiet run to the flag for the Brit, who saw his challengers involved in a number of incidents over the 50 lap race.

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British Sprint Championship Round 13- The Midland Sprint, Mallory Park, Leicestershire - 6/9/2009 Organised by Sheffield & Hallamshire Motor Club

Official Results No. Name

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3 Nick Algar

Gould GR55

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1

6 Terry Holmes

Lola Tegra T90

D

3500

60.63

2

2

16 Steve Broughton SBD/OMS CF08

D

1299

60.76

1

3

5 Mark Smith

Reynard Gould 903

D

2000

60.84

2

4

10 Graham Porrett

Lola Tegra T90

D

3500

63.45

3

5

20 Kevin Lealan

Pilbeam MP62

D

1998

64.25

3

6

11 Steve Miles

Van Diemen RF96mm09

D

1998

65.03

4

7

14 Glyn Sketchley

Force PT1600

D

1550

66.04

5

8

19 Tony Ellis

Megapin 31-07

D

1998

67.37

6

9

17 Martin Webb

Reynard FVL

D

1998

67.96

7

10

717 Tony Jarvis

Reynard FVL

D

1998

68.63

8

11

23 Bill Gouldthorpe Van Diemen RF96m

D

1995

69.78

9

12

31 Paul Foster

Caterham 7

A

1975

75.07

1

13

51 Keith Sollis

Van Diemen RF86 ff

C

1600

75.85

1

14

52 Gary Thomas

Lotus Elise

B

1800

79.02

1

15

15 Chris Bennett

Van Diemen RF89 ff

D

1600

80.04

10

16

21 Dennis Pickett

Quest FF86

D

1598

81.15

11

17

741 Chris Swinfield

Westfield Sei

B

1800

81.75

2

18

41 Paul Swinfield

Westfield Sei

B

1800

82.65

3

19

42 Mark Bishop

Westfield Se

B

1700

88.16

4

20

32 Peter Bromage

TVR 2500M

A

2500

96.16

2

21

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e-Wheels Rally of Great Britain Marshalling Many readers will know that this event takes place on 22 to 25 October. Comprehensive information about the rally for competitors, marshals and spectators can be found at www.rallygb.org/home.php In the marshals section you can read the latest newsletter, visit the Marshals Forum and check the event staffing timetable to decide where you would like to marshal. You can then enrol for the event by contacting one of the Staffing Officers or (if you already have a Marshal Registration Number) by going to www.rallystageteam.co.uk The organisers actively support the use of Cadet and under 18 marshals and have two Child Protection Officers for their support If you are under 18 and have any concerns surrounding the event please contact either Martin Saunders on 07798 584 713 or Rebecca Evans on 07748 452 650. They will be happy to discuss things with you. RLO for 2010 The MSA is looking for a new Route Liaison Officer (RLO) for the Hampshire area starting early 2010. Route Liaison Officers assist in the smooth running of rally and trial events on the public highway at a local level liaising between the MSA, event organisers, the police, national parks and residents en route. Clubs send RLOs copies of their routes and public relations letters that must be approved before an event can run. A good knowledge of local geography and the ability to act firmly but diplomatically are key attributes for RLOs. This position would suit someone experienced in motor sport, familiar with the MSA and specifically the Motor Vehicles (Competitions & Trials) Regulations, who is willing to act impartially and respect confidences when dealing with route information supplied to them by event organiers. The MSA pays agreed out-of-pocket expenses for this role. All enquires relating to the role should be directed to Simon Fowler, MSA Competitions and Clubs Manager, telephone 01753 765045 or email: sfowler@msauk.org.

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Apprentices Fired Up The MSA’s first Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence began with the 33 drivers selected from nearly 70 applicants attending a two-day induction course at Croydon College, South London. They were joined by six riders nominated by the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), governing body of two-wheeled motor sport, which has teamed up with the MSA for this scheme. Following the induction period, much of the learning will be delivered remotely, with further blocks of study time scheduled for later in the year. Extract from MSA SCRUTINEERS E-BULLETIN #45 Technical Officials’ Licences Please ensure that anyone undertaking any sort of technical checks on vehicles is properly MSA licensed. Remember a Trainee Scrutineer licence is free of charge, so be it a family member or friend helping out or someone you are introducing to scrutineering, ensuring they have at least an MSA Trainees licence will provide cover under the MSA Officials’ Personal Accident Insurance. Remember, no licence, no insurance cover! MSA Safety Seminars The MSA has been awarded significant partnership funding by the FIA’s Motor Sport Safety Development Fund to run a series of safety-related seminars in the UK. The MSA will arrange two full day seminars each on the topics of Facility Safety Improvement and Officials Skills Safety Training, both of which are open for applications both from UK personnel and also from other national governing bodies (ASNs) around the world. The MSA will receive additional funding to promote driver safety training and development for each of the members of the MSA’s Elite and Academy schemes. This will involve recognised advanced driving assessment, discipline-specific track tuition, competitive evaluations and psychometric testing to improve driver safety on both public road and in elite competition. An evaluation workshop and subsequent training sessions will be delivered as part of the ongoing 2009 MSA Elite Driver programme. The FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund, which is part of the FIA Foundation, has been created to manage the distribution of motor sport safety-related grants worldwide and is administered by the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety. The Fund’s resources were donated by the FIA as a result of the fine arising from the dispute between McLaren and Ferrari in the 2007 Formula One Championship.

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For the Facilities and Officials seminars, the MSA has sent invitation letters to MSAregistered Clerks and Stewards, Championship Co ordinators, Track Licence holders, Venue operators and MSA clubs, as well as to many international ASNs. More than 100 people have booked their places and international attendance has been confirmed from at least seven ASNs. The seminars will take place on 10 and 11 October at Donington and 5 and 6 December in Coventry. The Officials Skills Safety Training takes place on the two Saturdays and will include topics such as legislation, risk assessments and incident analysis, reporting protocols and procedures. On the Sundays Facility Safety Improvement events will include topics such as venue design, construction, maintenance & management all under the overall umbrella of safety and risk management. Importantly, each session will provide an opportunity to discuss best practice in facilitated groups to achieve a greater level of learning and understanding. As a result of the FIA funding, the full-day seminars (which include lunch and refreshments) will be free of charge for attendees. Further information is available from Richard Nunn at the MSA: richard.nunn@msauk.org or 01753 765000.

Annual Awards Reminder Nominations for Club of the Year 2009 and Marshal of the Year 2009 must be made by 1 October 2009. See June e-Wheels for more information.

Downloading e-Wheels If a paper copy is required and to access back issues, Word and pdf versions of e-Wheels can be downloaded from the MSA website www.msauk.org by clicking on Clubs then Publications. You can also download Motorsports Now! – the MSA magazine sent to competition licence holders and officials as well as MSA yearbooks.

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